http://www.nationaldoubledutchleague.com/ DAVID A. WALKER, FOUNDER – LAUREN WALKER, PRESIDENT NDDL 25th Annual David A. Walker Double Dutch Holiday Classic, Sunday December 4th, 2016 –
In NYC this Sunday-the show will be a blast. Skipping rope is my sport.
With fewer New Yorkers practicing double dutch jump rope, an annual tournament at the Apollo Theater in Harlem will draw teams from France and Japan.
Perhaps you’ve experienced the following: Hand swelling during exercise?
Question: People have complained while walking several times a week, that their fingers get puffy to the point that they can’t remove rings.
Answers from Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.
Hand swelling during exercise is a fairly common problem. The cause isn’t completely clear, but hand swelling appears to be a result of the way your body and blood vessels respond to the increased energy demands of your muscles during exercise.
Exercise increases blood flow to your heart and lungs, as well as to the muscles you’re working. This can reduce blood flow to your hands, making them cooler. In turn, the blood vessels in your hands may react by opening wider — which could lead to hand swelling.
As you continue to exercise, your muscles generate heat that makes your system push blood to the vessels closest to the surface of your body, to dissipate heat. This response triggers perspiration and may also contribute to hand swelling.
Sometimes, endurance athletes develop hyponatremia (hi-poe-nuh-TREE-me-uh) — an abnormally low level of sodium concentration. Swollen fingers and hands may be a sign of hyponatremia, but other signs, such as confusion and vomiting, are more prominent than is swelling. Drinking too much water, particularly during a marathon or similar long, strenuous event, may cause your body’s sodium to become so diluted that you become hyponatremic. Hyponatremia requires immediate medical attention.
There’s no proven way to prevent or reduce most exercise-related hand swelling, but these tips may help ease discomfort:
Remove your rings and loosen your watchband before exercise.
Perform occasional forward and backward arm circles during exercise.
Stretch your fingers wide and then make fists several times during exercise.
SIMPLE PUMPKIN SOUP
It’s almost that time of year when I start wearing a scarf inside (yes, I said it – inside), drinking more hot tea than water, and cozying up to soups in the evening. For such occasions, I have the perfect simple, fall-appropriate recipe for you:
7 ingredient Pumpkin Soup made completely from scratch!
It all starts with sugar pumpkins.
Roasting the pumpkin is the only part of this recipe that takes any length of time. And once it’s done, this soup comes together fast! Plus, it requires just 7 ingredients you probably have on hand:
Salt, black pepper, cinnamon + nutmeg
The kale-sesame topping it also easy, requiring just 5 ingredients. It adds a nutritious, colorful touch to this soup along with a little extra staying power. Your friends will be so impressed.
You guys are going to love this soup. It’s
It’s also customizable! If you don’t have the ingredients for a kale-sesame topping, sub garlic croutons or vegan parmesan. This soup makes a delicious light lunch or dinner, and would be perfect served alongside hummus and toast or a hearty salad.
- 2 sugar pumpkins (~2 1/4 cups (450 g) pumpkin puree)
- 2 shallots, diced (~1/4 cup or 40 g)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp or 9 g)
- 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
- 1 cup (240 ml) light coconut milk (or sub other non-dairy milk with varied results) such as creamy soy milk.-I add as I heat the smooth mixture
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)- not needed
- 1/4 tsp each sea salt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg
- 1 cup (67 g) roughly chopped kale
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 2 Tbsp (18 g) raw sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a sharp knife, cut off the tops of two sugar pumpkins and then halve them. Use a sharp spoon to scrape out all of the seeds and strings (see notes for a link to roasting seeds).
- Brush the flesh with oil and place face down on the baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the skin. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then peel away skin and set pumpkin aside.
- To a large saucepan over medium heat add 1 Tbsp olive oil, shallot and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned and translucent. Turn down heat if cooking too quickly.
- Add remaining ingredients, including the pumpkin, and bring to a simmer.
- Transfer soup mixture to a blender or use an emulsion blender to puree the soup. If using a blender, place a towel over the top of the lid before mixing to avoid any accidents. Pour mixture back into pot.
- Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes and taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve as is or with Kale-Sesame topping.
- For the Kale-Sesame topping: In a small skillet over medium heat, dry toast sesame seeds for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until slightly golden brown. Be careful as they can burn quickly. Remove from pan and set aside.
- To the still hot pan, add olive oil and garlic and sauté until golden brown – about 2 minutes. Add kale and toss, then add a pinch of salt and cover to steam. Cook for another few minutes until kale is wilted and then add sesame seeds back in. Toss to coat and set aside for topping soup.